2018 Program Launch

Particle Attraction - Of Giant proportion

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Lalonde.

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Photo courtesy of Mike Cheong.

People have come to expect the unexpected from the Beakerhead crew. At 10 am, on June 7th enormous atomic particles were bumping down Stephen Avenue, with huge zorb balls representing protons, neutrons and electrons as part of the official program launch for Beakerhead 2018.

The Calgary-born original is in its sixth year and this special celebration of science, technology and art is proudly supported by the Government of Alberta. “This unique event is a showcase of innovation and imagination through art, science and engineering,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “It’s a great opportunity for Albertans and visitors alike to be inspired and totally entertained.”

Not only is Beakerhead proud to have the support of the provincial government, it is also proud to have the support of its founding partner, Suncor. “The buzz Beakerhead creates with its annual festival is truly amazing. It speaks to how fusing art, with what is sometimes considered stuffy endeavors such as science and engineering, can create fantastic new combinations that spark creativity, innovation and inspiration,” said Nathan Maycher, Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Integration, Suncor.

Beakerhead brings together more than 150 arts and engineering collaborators from across the globe to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art and entertainment throughout city venues and public spaces. In 2017 more than 145,000 people participated in Beakerhead and organizers are planning to top that number in 2018.

  • Light up the Night: Giant electric bolts will light up the night sky thanks to two 10-metre Tesla Coils built by a team of scientists.
  • Dinner with Drones: This BYO picnic event will be an international first!
  • Hot Air Balloon Bingo: Participants will engage in a game of bingo from a hot airballoon.
  • Lunch Without Light: This special Dark Table dining experience is led by a famous broadcaster and a local neuroscientist.
  • MakeFashion Gala: This Calgary-based company will debut new collections of highfashion wearable tech combined with theatre and other innovative performances.

Beakerbites and Beakerbar: Dining is a whole new experience when chef and bartender become scientist! Creative Calgary chefs and mixologists experiment with a new theme in 2018 - canola. Beakerhead takes place September 19 - 23, 2018 with the ticketed Beakernight on Saturday, September 22 at Fort Calgary.

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